Biden awards $86M contract for hotel rooms for migrants

Biden awards $86M contract for hotel rooms for migrants
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[Ed. – Nothing too fancy, mind you. A two-bedroom suite with a butler and a Jazuzzi will do just fine.]

Axios is reporting today that the Biden administration has awarded an $86 million contract to house 1,200 migrant family members in hotels along the Texas and Arizona borders with Mexico as it tries to deal with the backlog of registration and processing the thousands of migrants caught while crossing the border — or surrendering themselves after crossing the border with a plan for how to be allowed to remain.

The use of hotels as temporary holding facilities is not new.  The Trump administration used a similar plan to hold unaccompanied minors, but generally only so long as was necessary to make arrangements to return them back across the border to Mexico.

But because the Biden Administration is not expelling migrants using policies established by the Trump Administration, the use of hotels to house families is likely to be converted to longer-term arrangements for families with nowhere else to go.

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